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The Fountainhead

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Ayn Rand

Narrated By: Edward Herrmann

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: July 2003

Duration: 8 hours 29 minutes


In a brand-new Plume hardcover edition, here is the story of an intransigent young architect, Howard Roark, of his violent battle against a mindless status quo, and of his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who worships him yet struggles to defeat him. In order to build his kind of buildings according to his own standards, Roark must fight against every variant of human corruption, including an unprincipled, parasitic rival; a powerful publisher of yellow journalism; and, worst of all, the country's leading humanitarian and power-luster ("Everything that can't be ruled, must go").

Epochal, impassioned, and hugely controversial, The Fountainhead - with more than six million copies in print - has become the classic American statement of individualism. Rand shows why every great innovator was hated and denounced, and why man's ego is the fountainhead of human greatness.

Brilliantly written and daringly original, here - as resonant today as it was sixty years ago - is a novel about a hero.


  • Adrian Winters

    An exquisite novel, read by a masterful orator. absolutely brilliant!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Sharon S

    I never got a chance to read this when I was in school and seriously had no idea what it was about. The story - revolves around architecture in New York starting around 1920....but has more to do with relationships both between people and buildings. It had many undertones, symbolism etc. but on its own was an enjoyable listen full of twists and turns.

  • bek

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and in fact, there were times I would find ways to linger in the car to hear just a little more of it. I had never read Ayn Rand before but am glad I listened to a friend's recommendation. Powerful characters and a very interesting story line. The narrator did a great job of following the flow of the book and the personalities of the characters. I would highly recommend this book! Next stop...Atlas Shrugged (but the unabridged version this time)!

  • nittany1979

    The arrogance of Howard Rourke! Not to be missed! This story was excellent, a love story intertwined with the little known world of architectual design. I enjoyed every chapter, was easily transported into the author's world, and now know why Ayn Rand has become such a staple of literature.

  • wlh

    This was a good book, but I did not find it as entertaining as Atlas Shrugged. Nonetheless, it is an excellent read.

  • Touk

    This is a book that is more read about than read - and for good reason. Unfortunately this is one classic that has not aged well. I am willing to consider that perhaps it is the language of the era that to our ears sounds rather pretentious and stilted, but that doesn't make it any more comfortable or inviting to listen to. Ayn Rand's characters feel contrived and cartoonish, bland and banal and a lot of other words that end up being more interesting than her stylish and empty moral players.

  • Daparoye

    Another good book by Ayn Rand. I liked this book and its ideas very much. I gave it only four stars for a few reasons. I don't know about falling in love with a man who has raped me or maybe she is saying all women secretly want to be raped by very intelligent and strong men. I don't know. As with all of her books, the good guys are GOOD and the bad guys are BAD. You are told who is who. The book spans many, many years and there is an epic sense to it. But I enjoyed the message, the narrator and the story and would definately recommend this book.

  • Diaphanous

    I really enjoyed the book. Rand was not bashful at all about making the hero a sort of untouchable, perfect, never-to-be-attained hero, in her eyes. The book truly is, a narrative of her philosophy. What is most interesting to me, is a study of Rand's life and to see how far short, she fell, in her own life of trying to live out the values she espoused. It was fine and dandy, for her to take another womans husband as a lover, it fit right into her philosophy. Yet, when this man, found another woman, Rand could not bear it. She was a woman of great ideas, mostly displaced. I also enjoyed Atlas Shrugged. The most educational point of these books is how seemingly perfect a philosophy can seem on paper (even if it does promote egoism and decry helping others), yet when the author tries to live out her ideals, we find she is an empty and flawed being, like us all, in need of the Truth.

  • Adam

    A classic. A must read.Very well written and read. How amazing that every decade this book becomes more and more relevant.

  • Anonymous

    Very good! The reader did a fantastic job using different voices for each person. The story of course is fantastic but anyone who knows who Ayn Rand already knows that! Great listen. Loved every minute.


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